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Validation of Serbian Version of Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Score (DVSS) Questionnaire

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Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, University Children’s Hospital, Tirsova 10, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Pediatric Surgery Department, University Children’s Hospital, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Pediatric Radiology Department, University Children’s Hospital, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(8), 217; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7080217
Received: 13 July 2018 / Revised: 9 August 2018 / Accepted: 13 August 2018 / Published: 14 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Nephrology & Urology)
Objective: The aims of our study were to translate the dysfunctional voiding symptom score (DVSS) from English to Serbian; culturally adopt the items; assess the internal consistency and the test–retest reliability of DVSSSR in patients with dysfunctional voiding (DV); evaluate and test the construct and divergent validity of DVSSSR against demographic parameters (gender and education); and examine the level of explained variability for each item of DVSSSR against demographic parameters (gender and education). Methods: The cross-sectional observational study included 50 patients with dysfunctional voiding aged 5 years and above. The DVSS questionnaire was translated from English into Serbian by the forward–backward method. Internal consistency was assessed with Cronbach α and test–retest reliability with intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). For validity testing we performed construct and divergent validity analyses. Results: There was excellent internal consistency for every item except for Item 6 (0.787) and Item 3 (0.864), where internal consistency was good. The observed test/retest ICC for average measures was more than 0.75 (excellent) for all DVSSSR items. Gender and educational level does not correlate significantly with each item of DVSSSR (p > 0.05). For divergent validity, there were no significant differences in mean values of each item of DVSSSR between genders and different levels of education (p > 0.05). Variability that can be explained for gender and educational level was below 10%. Conclusion: Translated DVSSSR is of adequate validity and reliability for assessing DV in children. View Full-Text
Keywords: validation; questionnaire; dysfunctional voiding; children validation; questionnaire; dysfunctional voiding; children
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Cirovic, D.; Petronic, I.; Nikolic, D.; Knezevic, T.; Vukadinovic, V.; Pavicevic, P. Validation of Serbian Version of Dysfunctional Voiding Symptom Score (DVSS) Questionnaire. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 217.

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